The sweet-natured Leonberger is a lion of a dog, but a lamb of a pet.
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Heinrich Essig, a politician, alderman, and animal trader in Leonberg, Germany, developed and promoted the Leonberger during the 1800s. Resembling the lion on Leonberg's town crest, this impressive breed became popular as an artist's subject, royal pet, and status symbol. World Wars I and II almost brought about the Leo's extinction, but dedicated breeders came to the rescue. Today these
sweet-faced family dogs excel at canine therapy, water rescue, and other jobs. And they don't drool like some other big breeds.
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